Sensory

  • Review: Kalsec 2020 Food Trend Predictions

    At the beginning of 2020 Kalsec predicted five food industry trends that we expected to grow over the year: savory snacking, connecting with consumers, plant-based proteins, classic flavors and authentic global flavors. A lot has changed throughout the globe since January 2020 as people and companies adjusted to the effects of an ongoing global pandemic. […]

  • Trend Brief: Healthy Snacks

    As consumers assess their overall health and consumption habits, healthy snacks are in the spotlight. The definition of a ‘healthy’ snack differs based on consumer perspectives, and taste remains important. For Asian Millennial and Gen Z consumers, ‘healthier’ snacks might mean an increased focus on sustainability and ethical sourcing with better-for-you ingredients. In the U.S., […]

  • Trend Brief: Clean Label Colors

    The definition of clean label varies by region, market and customer while continuously evolving as consumer demand changes. We talk about clean label as the consumers’ favorable perception of labels with less complicated and chemical-sounding ingredients. For example, a product that is considered clean label by a consumer in the U.S. may not be considered […]

  • Case Study: Stabilizing Nuts Against Rancidity

    Nuts face a wide range of oxidation challenges, both intrinsic and extrinsic. Their high fat and fatty acid compositions can make them susceptible to rancidity in a very short period of time. Storage and packaging can also have an impact because of exposure to air and light. These challenges brought us a customer who was […]

  • Quality Control of Cumin Extract

    From consistent quality sources to industry-wide recalls and global pandemics, food ingredients, like ground cumin, can pose a challenge in product formulation. Yet, cumin is a very popular ingredient in many common dishes and prepared meals despite the threat of supply shortage or recalls. You may remember the cumin recall of 2015, when a number […]

  • Trend Brief: Regional Flavors

    Consumers find themselves craving specific regional flavors from around the world. As travel is limited in many places, they are attempting to relive it by creating cuisines at home that are specific to certain regions. For example, highlighting Mexican flavors in the kitchen in new recipes that put a spin on comfort foods, or the […]

  • Stabilization of Fish Oil with Naturally Sourced Antioxidants

    Omega-3 fatty acids, especially long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) from fish oil, have gained much attention during the last decade. The global fish oil market size is expected to reach 4.08 billion USD by 2022, owing to an increase in aquaculture activities and consumer awareness regarding health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.1 From a […]

  • Trend Brief: Spicy Flavors

    Many brands are adopting well-known spicy flavors to their lineup, as consumers seek comfort in familiar flavors and food applications. These consumers want to add heat to their expanding adventurous palate, but want the comfort of familiar pepper flavors. Trending spicy flavors include jalapeno, chipotle, habanero, sriracha, wasabi and chili, among others. Keep reading to […]

  • Updated Food Trends for 2020

    Events of 2020 altered the global food landscape in ways no one could have predicted, from food production to the global supply chain and consumer eating habits. Kalsec trend experts adapted our view of the food industry landscape and are considering how market trends and consumer preferences have changed. Drawing on insight from food manufacturers, […]

  • Acerola Extract for Meat Protection

    Acerola has been increasingly used in food products as a clean label ingredient to provide nutrition as well as functionality. From 2017 to 2019, over two hundred new products were launched globally that use acerola extract in their formulation, among which, meat products are a major application (Mintel, 2020). The acerola (Malpighia emarginata D.C.) tree […]